An area native, who served on the Court of Common Pleas, is believed to have killed himself.
After serving less than two years in his dream role, Court of Common Pleas Judge Adam Beloff allegedly hanged himself inside his Ventnor, N.J. home Friday.
The 48-year-old’s body was found the next day, according to published reports, which indicate his recent split from wife Christine Hope Beloff may have triggered his suicide.
Mr. Beloff grew up at Sixth Street and Snyder Avenue with his parents, Stanley and the late-Ruth, as well as five siblings, including his late-twin brother, Marc. The Beloffs relocated to New Jersey when Mr. Beloff was 10.
At age 12, he found his calling when he was elected as a judge on student day at the Municipal Court he said in a 2009 interview with the South Philly Review prior to his election to the bench.
“I’ve followed that path all my life,” the Northeast resident said. “Everyone who knows me knows I was destined to run for judge.”
After finishing his undergraduate work at George Washington University and earning his juris doctorate at Michigan’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Mr. Beloff, whose local relatives include former boxer Dave Beloff and former City Councilman Leland Beloff, returned to his roots by opening his first practice on the 600 block of Snyder Avenue. He also served as the South Seventh Street Redevelopment Association president during that time. Prior to being elected, Mr. Beloff ran a family law practice in Center City with his wife.
Services were held yesterday in Margate, N.J., but in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to a charity of choice, according to an obituary in The Press of Atlantic City.
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